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Lectionary sermon for 24 June 2018 (Year b) on Mark 4:35-41 and 1 Samuel 17 (1a,4-11,19-23,32-49)

Believe it or Not Among the tricky questions about the Bible that keep coming back to haunt church-goers are two that seem to recur. The first issue seems almost comfortingly academic. Are the Bible accounts of the more unbelievable stories … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 4 February 2018 on Mark 1: 29 – 39

On Clicking the “I agree” Box Some time back I read a Twitter comment: “To most Christians, the Bible is like a software licence. Nobody actually reads it. They just scroll to the bottom and click “I agree”@almightygod… ” While … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 6 August 2017 on Matthew 14: 13 – 21 (The Loaves and the Fishes)

This morning’s gospel of the loaves and the fishes is often presented in tones of wonder portraying a Harry Potter-type image of a magic God-filled figure in the form of Jesus, waving his hand like a stage magician and causing … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 21 August 2016 (year c) on Luke 13: 10 – 17

The Modern Sceptic and the Miracles from Yesterday From sermons I have heard I am coming to think the word “faith” is often unintentionally used to substitute for passive agreement with chunks of religious knowledge. As one trained in science … Continue reading

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A lectionary sermon for 7 February 2016 on Luke 5: 1-11

Years ago, as a volunteer high school teacher in New Britain, part of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, I used to watch and wonder at the Western evangelists who passed briefly through the towns and villages, apparently totally … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for 8 February 2015 on Mark 1: 29 – 39

On Clicking the “I agree” Box Some time back I read a comment on Twitter which said To most Christians, the Bible is like a software licence. Nobody actually reads it. They just scroll to the bottom and click “I … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Lent 4, Year A, 30 March 2014 on John 9:1-41

Here we have a miracle story which worries many educated Church goers in that, as far as the modern mind is concerned, in the real world, nature is just not like that. Blind people may be cured by corneal transplants, … Continue reading

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